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There is no more valuable asset to any police service than the motivated, focused and effective patrol officer.
Teens can be hard to reach. And they’re the ones we need to reach — the ones who truly know what’s going on out in the open as well as under the radar in their schools.
One of the toughest battles fought by Canadian soldiers is the one fought within. Although things have come a long way in the past decade with the decreased stigma of mental health illnesses and with men and women increasingly seeking help, it can still be a challenge to share their feelings and experiences.
Police crisis negotiators will rarely deal with the type of hostage taker whose demands are clear and substantive. This instrumental hostage taker will be organized, goal-driven and will not be concerned by the presence of police or their tactics.
The Ontario Provincial Police is about to become the first major police agency in North America to equip all of its uniformed officers with the next generation handgun — the Glock Model 17M.
Sig Sauer has suspended production of the Sig P320 pistol and its North American distributor has issued what they call a “voluntary upgrade” program.
There is no magic bullet. There never was. The dream of the mystical firearm — with the “one-shot stop” capability that could instantly incapacitate a highly motivated individual bent on killing other human beings — was just that... a dream.
‘Honour the learner’ is both the motto of the Coaching Police Professionals (CPP) course and foundation of the problem-based learning (PBL)1 instructional method. Based on this motto, the CPP course is now being offered by the Leadership Development Unit (LDU) at the Ontario Police College (OPC).
As the Northwest Passage continues to open up for longer periods each year, marine traffic and patrolling is top of mind for RCMP in Tuktoyaktuk (Tuk), a small northern community situated on the Arctic Ocean in the Northwest Territories.
Body worn technology in Canada today isn’t about police services playing Big Brother to their officers. It also isn’t about recording every little interaction with the public.
What propels criminals to provide sensitive information to police under the guise of being a confidential human source?  
For several years, Det. Anisha Parhar worked in covert intelligence in British Columbia where she heard many haunting things, but it was the conversations of gang member’s wives and girlfriends that served as a catalyst for a new endeavor she and fellow Det. Sandy Avelar are piloting this fall.
As the police organization for one of Canada’s fastest growing multicultural cities, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) had an interesting recruitment challenge on their hands. Recruiters felt that good candidates were failing their applications due to small problems that could be easily solved with a bit of mentoring – problems such as a lack of confidence, or discomfort with the demanding academy expectations that often go hand-in-hand with police training.
It might seem like a smooth sailing job with plenty of sunshine and splashing around, but a day in the life of a marine unit police officer is just as demanding as those patrolling the highways — it’s simply a different dynamic, as we found out during our wet ride-along with Barrie Police Service’s marine team.
Earlier this year, 12,000 fentanyl pills in B.C.’s Fraser Valley were taken off the street thanks to a newly trained nose for narcotics. The credit goes to RCMP police dog Doodz, who found the drugs in a car pulled over for speeding — the first dog in Canada to detect fentanyl after updated training in the spring, according to police.
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